NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football

Dey Street Books - For two years, he was content earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to stand on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing. But early in his third year, a starting lineman is injured, and he suddenly finds himself on the field. For most players, this moment is a dream come true. A current pro player takes fans on a pseudonymous trip through one of the most infamous years of football—the very long, behind-the-scenes, sometimes funny, on-the-field, often controversial 2013-2014 season—sharing raucous, and in-the-locker-room truth about life in the National Football League.

Well, to hell with being safe. But not so for our author, one of the incredibly rare birds in football who reach the highest echelons, but who actually hate America’s favorite game. Here is a truly unaffiliated look at the nation’s biggest, most lucrative pastime over the course of one of its most transformative seasons.

NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football - From hard-to-stomach diets, the rock-star lifestyle that players find themselves able to afford and sometimes enjoy a little too much, the racial issues that still exist in modern-day football, the notion of being lauded in a league plagued by controversy and the sharp contrast between the love/hate of the game and the reality of the job, shenanigans in the locker room, showdowns in the weight room, the looming dread of being cut from the team, Johnny reveals a never-before-seen side of the NFL.

That’s right. He hates what it does to his body, his brain, his life. Luckily, he can see the humor in his own situation, but also in the machinations of the NFL.

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- Fame and fortune, satisfaction, and thrills define the dream of playing in the NFL. At the same time, you'll meet the NFL's most stellar—and most unjustly neglected—personalities. Millions watch it. Unreported things happen during the season when the player is on the field—and on the sidelines and in the locker rooms.

. In professional football, there is a price and it must be paid. The dazzling deion Sanders, Steve Young, the game's most dangerous player. Billions are spent on it. The spirit that stays with them as they grow to manhood and urges them to success in every field they tackle. The spirit that tells them they can do it, as long as they aren't afraid to dream.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME - The sport's most outspoken former coach, Jerry Glanville. Yet few fans know what life is really like in the NFL. The spirit that lives in school teams and sandlot games, and inspires kids to get up, over and over again. Not to mention green's unexpected choice for most valuable man in the NFL: strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik.

All of it takes its toll on the human body and spirit. Most of all, you'll soar with the spirit that no corruption can ever kill. Unreported things also happen during the 149 days of the year when the player is not on the field.

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Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football - An unrivaled portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL: "Riveting. An instant classic. New york times book reviewby spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language.

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It comes from the heart. Stephen kingeclipsing the traditional sports memoir, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, by former world champion, House of Nails, multimillionaire entrepreneur, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss.

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The daily show's jon stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime. Now, to a life of indulgence and excess, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, then, for the first time, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption.

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